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Survey of medicinal cannabis use among childbearing women: patterns of its use in pregnancy and retroactive self-assessment of its efficacy against 'morning sickness'.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16401527     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A majority of women experience some nausea and/or vomiting during pregnancy. This condition can range from mild nausea to extreme nausea and vomiting, with 1-2% of women suffering from the life-threatening condition hyperemesis gravidarum. Cannabis (Cannabis sativa) may be used therapeutically to mitigate pregnancy-induced nausea and vomiting. This paper presents the results of a survey of 84 female users of medicinal cannabis, recruited through two compassion societies in British Columbia, Canada. Of the seventy-nine respondents who had experienced pregnancy, 51 (65%) reported using cannabis during their pregnancies. While 59 (77%) of the respondents who had been pregnant had experienced nausea and/or vomiting of pregnancy, 40 (68%) had used cannabis to treat the condition, and of these respondents, 37 (over 92%) rated cannabis as 'extremely effective' or 'effective.' Our findings support the need for further investigations into cannabis therapy for severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
Rachel E Westfall; Patricia A Janssen; Philippe Lucas; Rielle Capler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2005-12-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Complementary therapies in clinical practice     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1744-3881     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2006 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-01-10     Completed Date:  2006-03-14     Revised Date:  2009-11-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101225531     Medline TA:  Complement Ther Clin Pract     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  27-33     Citation Subset:  N    
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada V8W 3P5.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health*
British Columbia
Drug and Narcotic Control / legislation & jurisprudence
Evidence-Based Medicine
Health Services Needs and Demand
Middle Aged
Morning Sickness / prevention & control*,  psychology
Phytotherapy / methods,  psychology*,  utilization*
Retrospective Studies
Self Medication / methods,  psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Treatment Outcome
Republished in:
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2009 Nov;15(4):242-6   [PMID:  19880090 ]

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